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2.6 1.7 L4 iText VS KonikA library to create, read and validate ZUGFeRD compliant invoices. Available for Java and .NET
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PLEASE NOTE: iText 5 is EOL, and has been replaced by iText 7. Only security fixes will be added
Known Security Issues
The iText 5 targets Java 5 which means that we can not update
org.apache.santuario:xmlsec version to 2.x.x or newer as
it requires Java 8. If you are not using the com.itextpdf.text.pdf.security.MakeXmlSignature class then you can avoid
org.apache.santuario:xmlsec dependency into your project. Which means that you would not be affected by
the related vulnerabilities, for example https://snyk.io/vuln/SNYK-JAVA-ORGAPACHESANTUARIO-1655558. If you are using
com.itextpdf.text.pdf.security.MakeXmlSignature class, for example for XFA signatures, then you can:
- either use
org.apache.santuario:xmlsec1.5.8 as a dependency which is affected by the vulnerability specified above, but works on Java 5+;
- or use
org.apache.santuario:xmlsec2.1.7 or newer. But this would require java 8+ and affects on the output format (see https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SANTUARIO-494).
We HIGHLY recommend customers use iText 7 for new projects, and to consider moving existing projects from iText 5 to iText 7 to benefit from the many improvements such as:
- HTML to PDF (PDF/UA) conversion
- PDF Redaction
- SVG support
- Better language support: Indic, Thai, Khmer, Arabic, Hebrew. (Close-source addon)
- PDF Debugging for your IDE
- Data Extraction
- Better continued support and bugfixes
- More modular, extensible handling of your document workflow
- Extra practical add-ons
- Encryption, hashing & digital signatures
iText 5 consists of several jars.
The main release contains:
itextpdf-x.y.z.jar: the core library
itext-xtra-x.y.z.jar: extra functionality (PDF 2!)
itext-pdfa-x.y.z.jar: PDF/A-related functionality
xmlworker-x.y.z.jar: XML (and HTML) functionality
iText 5 is hosted on https://github.com/itext/itextpdf
You can find the latest releases here:
You can also [build iText 5 from source][building].
We also have RUPS — a tool that can help you debug PDFs. It's hosted on http://github.com/itext/rups
iText is licensed as [AGPL][agpl] software.
AGPL is a free / open source software license.
This doesn't mean the software is gratis!
Buying a license is mandatory as soon as you develop commercial activities distributing the iText software inside your product or deploying it on a network without disclosing the source code of your own applications under the AGPL license. These activities include:
- offering paid services to customers as an ASP
- serving PDFs on the fly in the cloud or in a web application
- shipping iText with a closed source product
Contact sales for more info: http://itextpdf.com/sales
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the iText README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.